Dominican Republic Visa – Frequently Asked Questions 2021
Choosing the Dominican Republic as the place to spend your unforgettable vacation, you can never go wrong. Despite this, before traveling, it is always worth considering all the details, including the documents for entry. The Dominican visa is something that all foreign tourists should be familiar with.
Tourists often confuse two different documents – a visa and a tourist card for entry. Also, many are interested in what period they can stay in the Dominican Republic and how they can extend their stay in the country. That is why we decided to answer frequently asked questions to save you from looking for a huge amount of information.
1. Do I need a visa to go to the Dominican Republic?
Well, the need for a visa depends on the country you come from. The citizens from countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and a list of European countries do not need a visa, but they need a tourist card to enter the Dominican Republic. And some countries do not need a visa nor tourist card.
To find out if you need a visa, you can visit this website. All you have to do is select your country, and you will see all the requirements.
2. How much does a Dominican tourist card cost?
We should mention that a tourist card is a visitor tax. You have to pay US$ 10-20 for a Dominican tourist card, check the information with your airline. Usually, those who travel by plane will receive it automatically when purchasing a ticket, so the tourist card fee is already included. In addition, tourists who travel by land or water should apply, and your card will be processed within one day. Then you will get an email with your tourist card. It is necessary to have it for tourists to enter the territory without the need for a consular visa.
3. Which countries need a visa for the Dominican Republic?
The citizens from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Haiti, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Syria, Romania, Indonesia, Venezuela, Montenegro, Mozambique, and others need a visa to visit the Dominican Republic. The whole list of the countries you can check on this website.
4. Do I need a visa to go to Punta Cana?
No, you do not need a special visa to go to Punta Cana. But if the requirements indicate that residents of your country need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic, then accordingly you will not be able to enter either Punta Cana or the Dominican Republic without a visa. Nevertheless, should mention that not many countries need it to enter, most foreign tourists need just a tourist card.
5. Which countries do not need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic?
So, there are many countries whose residents do not need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic but need to purchase a tourist card. Nevertheless, there are also lucky countries that do not need a visa nor a tourist card: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Perú, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Uruguay.
6. What should I do in advance before my trip to the DR?
There are three basic steps which we recommend you to do before your trip to any country:
- Check the current validity of your passport (some countries requires at least 6 months validity remaining)
- You should make sure that your passport has blank pages.
- Last but not least, you need to check with your airlines if you need a transit visa.
7. Can I go to the Dominican Republic with a green card?
Well, you cannot enter the Dominican Republic with a green card only. We should note that a green card is not a travel document, and it is just proof that you are a legal permanent resident of the United States. At this point, you cannot travel internationally with a green card only.
8. What about business visas to the DR?
Firstly, for citizens of many countries, a business visa is not required if they stay in the Dominican Republic for less than 30 days. You can get a business visa in the embassy of your country. It is a requirement if you intend to remain in the Dominican Republic on a long-term period business. In addition, business people have to prove that they have a return ticket to leave the country later.
The next important thing is that you have to translate the documents because they have to be in Spanish. So, you can request at the embassy the list of documents that you need to provide or check the necessary information on the website of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic.
9. How much does it cost to get a business visa in the Dominican Republic for a US citizen?
Well, a business visa fee for US citizens for a single entry (up to 60 days) will cost you about US$ 115. We advise you to contact the embassy directly for more detailed and accurate information.
10. What happens if I stay more than 30 days in the Dominican Republic?
So, with a tourist card, you can stay up to 30 days in the Dominican Republic. After this period you have to leave or extend your stay in the country. But what if you forgot to extend your stay? Well, if you overdue the allotted time, you will have to face fines or fees.
The tourist has to go to the offices of the Direccion General de Migracion to pay the fine. The price will depend on the length of your stay. And the tourist can make the payment of stay online or at the airport. Below, you can see how much you will have to pay for your stay in the Dominican Republic if you forgot to extend it.
Please note that all prices below are in Dominican Pesos.
- from 1 day to 3 months – RD $2 500
- from 3 to 9 months – RD $4 000
- from 9 to 12 months – RD $5 000
- from 12 to 18 months – RD $6 500
- from 18 to 24 months – RD $8 000
- from 24 to 30 months – RD $9 500
11. How can you keep your tourist status always legal while being in the Dominican Republic?
Well, all foreigners who wish to extend their stay in the Dominican Republic can make it online. So, you need to request a staying extension on the official government Migration website. What do you need to request?
- a scan of your passport with its number
- a scan of your returning ticket
- a medical certificate from a local doctor
- an economic solvency proof (it is a simple bank account statement)
- to pay RD$ 2500 for 90 days or RD$ 4000 for 120 days
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